nomos 19
17 November 2019
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zurich
Lot 7
Estimate: 450 CHF
Hammer Price:
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SPAIN. Castulo. Early 2nd century BC. Half unit (Bronze, 25 mm, 16.76 g, 12 h). Youthful male head to right, wearing thin head band. Rev. Bull walking to right; above, crescent. SNG BM Spain 1244. A remarkably attractive coin, struck on a very thick flan with beveled edges, with a very dark green patina overlaid with glossy, tan-red earthen deposits. Extremely fine.

From a Swiss collection, ex Gorny & Mosch 207, 15 October 2012, 1 (est. €250, sold for €650.

Occasionally coins change from merely money to being an actual art object: there are many Sicilian silver coins like that. In fact, there are coins like that from all over the Greek world. But, frankly, there are very few Celtiberian coins that can get away with being called an 'art object'. This is the exception that proves the rule! With its immensely thick (4 mm) flan, very dark patina underlying smooth earthen deposits, and with its design peeping through the deposits as if sailing through a fog, this is simply not just a coin anymore. The more you look at it, the more it impresses you. And, yes, that first assumption, that this is a coin that is worth, maybe, CHF 25, really is wrong.
Current Status
Online bidding closes:
17 Nov 2019 10:00:00 CET
Current Date & Time:
18 Feb 2020 14:37:11 CET
Remaining Time:
Closed
Hammer Price:
500 CHF

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Lot 7
Estimate: 450 CHF
SPAIN. Castulo. Early 2nd century BC. Half unit (Bronze, 25 mm, 16.76 g, 12 h). Youthful male head to right, wearing thin head band. Rev. Bull walking to right; above, crescent. SNG BM Spain 1244. A remarkably attractive coin, struck on a very thick flan with beveled edges, with a very dark green patina overlaid with glossy, tan-red earthen deposits. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 500 CHF
Lot 8
Estimate: 275 CHF
SPAIN. Castulo. Mid 1st century BC. Unit (Bronze, 28 mm, 14.55 g). Diademed male head to right; in field to right, here barely visible, crescent to right. Rev. kaśtilo Sphinx walking to right, left forefoot raised; in field to right, 8-pointed star. SNGBM 1314 ff. CGB MBS 53, April 2012, 622 (same dies). A remarkably attractive piece, with a very dark green patina and a male head of an extremely pleasing, local style of great charm. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 320 CHF
Lot 9
Estimate: 150 CHF
SPAIN. Sekaisa. Circa 150-100 BC. Unit (Bronze, 30 mm, 19.75 g, 7 h). se Youthful bare male head to right; to right, dolphin swimming upwards. Rev. sekaisa Horseman galloping to right, holding palm branch over his left shoulder. ACIP 1544; SNG BM Spain 833-40. Clear and attractive with a fine tan-olive patina. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 600 CHF
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